St. Bonaventure University

Bioinformatics Program


Where does some of the most exciting science occur? It’s at the intersection of traditionally distinct fields. Fields like bioinformatics — merging computer science, mathematics, and biology — create new niches that traditionally trained scientists find difficult to fill.

As one example, the recent sequencing and analysis of the genomes of dozens of species has provided an avalanche of information straining old information systems. Computer scientists, mathematicians and information specialists have already invented many new systems which have helped to shed light on the evolution and functioning of life on Earth. Extracting further insights from this explosion of biological information will continue to require expertise in each of the areas contributing to the field of bioinformatics.

Bioinformatics serves both as a tool for biologists and as a challenge for the computer scientist. "Biologists use off-the-shelf software, often in extremely clever ways, to suggest what experiments they should do, while computer scientists search for new algorithms to extract meaning from a flood of biological information,” said Dr. Joel Benington, professor of biology and director of the Bioinformatics Program at St. Bonaventure.


Program information


The Bioinformatics Program offers a B.S. in bioinformatics.


Bachelor of Science in bioinformatics

The major in bioinformatics provides the student broad foundations in biology, computer science, and mathematics to allow them to work on problems that lie at the intersection of these fields.

Degree requirements and a four-year plan for the bioinformatics major

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